The #8 USC Trojans scored early and often on Saturday night en route to a 59-9 win over the Idaho Vandals. The Trojans scored 50 points for the second straight game, a feat they hadn't accomplished since 2005, when they did it three separate times.
QB Cody Kessler tore apart the Vandals defense, who gave Kessler and the Trojans receivers five to seven yards before every snap. Kessler completed 26 of 31 passing attempts for a career high 410 yards and three touchdowns in three quarters of work. (Max Browne came in and played the final quarter) Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster set career highs in receptions (10) and receiving yards (192). Kessler and Smith-Schuster connected on two deep balls for touchdowns, a 50-yarder in the first quarter and a 42-yarder in the third.
The Trojans began the night with touchdowns on their first two drives, both 70+ yards and both ending with rushing touchdowns by Justin Davis, who was making his first appearance of the season after sitting out the opener with an injury. Davis had five carries for 74 yards and two touchdowns. After a punt on their next possession, Kessler found Smith-Schuster wide open to extend the lead to 21-0 after one.
Running back Tre Madden added two rushing touchdowns in the second quarter and kicker Alex Wood connected on his first field goal attempt of the season as the Trojans led 38-3 at halftime. The third quarter started off poorly, exactly like last week as the Vandals had a 13-play 75-yard drive that ended with their only touchdown of the night, a 10-yard pass from Matt Linehan to Buck Cowan. On the ensuing possession, Kessler found another wide receiver open for a touchdown, this time Isaac Whitney. After stopping the Vandals on fourth down on their next possession, Kessler found Smith open again for his second touchdown of the night and both of their days were down.
The Trojans added a touchdown in the fourth quarter, a one-yard rush by Ronald Jones II. Jones II had eight carries for 83 yards and a touchdown and could be a great asset for the Trojans in the future.
Overall, it was a great night for the Trojans as they suffered no injuries and moved to 2-0 on the season. A tough matchup awaits the Trojans on primetime as they will face Stanford next Saturday at 5:00 P.T. on ABC.